Bedside echo for chest pain: an algorithm for education and assessment
Authors Amini R, Stolz L, Kartchner J, Thompson M, Stea N, Hawbaker N, Joshi R, Adhikari S
Received 24 December 2015
Accepted for publication 17 March 2016
Published 21 May 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 293—300
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Editor who approved publication: Dr Anwarul Azim Majumder
Richard Amini, Lori A Stolz, Jeffrey Z Kartchner, Matthew Thompson, Nicholas Stea, Nicolaus Hawbaker, Raj Joshi, Srikar Adhikari
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ, USA
Background: Goal-directed ultrasound protocols have been developed to facilitate efficiency, throughput, and patient care. Hands-on instruction and training workshops have been shown to positively impact ultrasound training.
Objectives: We describe a novel undifferentiated chest pain goal-directed ultrasound algorithm-focused education workshop for the purpose of enhancing emergency medicine resident training in ultrasound milestones competencies.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional study performed at an academic medical center. A novel goal-directed ultrasound algorithm was developed and implemented as a model for teaching and learning the sonographic approach to a patient with undifferentiated chest pain. This algorithm was incorporated into all components of the 1-day workshop: asynchronous learning, didactic lecture, case-based learning, and hands-on stations. Performance comparisons were made between postgraduate year (PGY) levels.
Results: A total of 38 of the 40 (95%) residents who attended the event participated in the chest pain objective standardized clinical exam, and 26 of the 40 (65%) completed the entire questionnaire. The average number of ultrasounds performed by resident class year at the time of our study was as follows: 19 (standard deviation [SD]=19) PGY-1, 238 (SD=37) PGY-2, and 289 (SD=73) PGY-3. Performance on the knowledge-based questions improved between PGY-1 and PGY-3. The application of the novel algorithm was noted to be more prevalent among the PGY-1 class.
Conclusion: The 1-day algorithm-based ultrasound educational workshop was an engaging learning technique at our institution.
Keywords: point-of care ultrasound, algorithm education, education, chest pain, bedside ultrasound, POCUS
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